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Deciding To Change

How many things have to happen to you,” Robert Frost writes, “before something occurs to you?” Wow, that is a loaded statement of truth. How long do we live our lives depending on our own instincts and talents and inspirations before we realize there has to be more, there has to be a larger story?

They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Really? Not true for dogs and not true for humans. In fact, as we age, we become wise enough to admit that we don’t have all the answers and we look for truth beyond us…not everyone though. What does it take to come to grips with the God of the universe and the commitment to His truth? What change needs to happen?

Greg Boyle in his book Tattoos on the Heart, tells a story of a 17-year-old kid, Omar, who is in a detention center and it is not the first time. Omar sees Greg and waves for him to see him. He tells Greg he will be leaving the facility soon. As Greg was moving to leave, Omar says, “Hey, G, can I ask a question?

Sure, Mejo”, Greg says, “Anything.”

How many homies have you buried…you know, killed because of gangbanging?

Seventy-five, son.

Damn, G, seventy-five?” he shakes his head in disbelief, his voice a bare hush now. “I mean damn…when’s it gonna end?

Greg reaches down to Omar and goes to shake his hand. They connect, and Greg pulls him up to his feet. Greg holds his hand with both of his and zeros in on his eyes.

Mijo, it will end, the minute…you decide.

Omar’s eyes moisten and he grabs Greg’s hands in his.

Well,” he says, “then I decide.

Omar,” Greg tells him, “it has always been as simple as that.

As simple as that!” The decision to look up and see a merciful, forgiving, loving God as our King and Lord is as simple as that. It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to know that God loves you. When you make that decision, He sends a helper so that you can make the transition from pride to humility. That helper is the Holy Spirit and He lives in you upon that decision. Before you turn the page, trust me in this. All it takes is a decision and God does the rest. You don’t have to be any more knowledgeable than you are now for God to take you under His wing and protect you, love you, and direct your path.

 

It is as simple as that!

 

 

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joe-sturnioloBy Joe Sturniolo
Christian Family Legacy and Wealth Planning
Joe believes that stronger families are the vehicle God uses to bring about significant impact for His Kingdom.

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